"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

WA GOP: Day 1

The Washington Republican convention seems to be off to a reasonably quiet first day, which is about as good as they could hope for. So far, the lid is on.

Convention blogging at the Spokesman indicates that the John McCain forces are maintaining some general control, so far – but the congressional district caucuses have just begun, and in some of those caucuses the Ron Paul forces do have majorities. No word yet on what might be coming out those.

This is also the Dino Rossi convention. He spoke once for 15 minutes and then, when Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter had to beg off – troops were arriving home in Idaho, unexpectedly – he agreed to pinch hit. This crowd is going to hear all about and from Dino Rossi by the end of convention.

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